Jose Mourinho called referee Anthony Taylor’s failure to award Cesc Fabregas a penalty during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Southampton on Sunday a “scandal,” adding that there is a wider “campaign” being waged against his team after Fabregas became the fifth Chelsea player to become embroiled in a diving controversy in recent weeks. Fabregas appeared to be caught by Matt Targett in the Saints penalty area in the second half but Taylor instead decided to book Fabregas for diving.
“In other countries where I worked, tomorrow in the sports papers it would be front-page scandal because it is a scandal,” Mourinho said. “I think it is a scandal because it is not a small penalty -- it is a penalty like Big Ben. In this country -- and I am happy with that, more than happy with that -- we will just say that it was a big mistake with a big influence in the result. I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed.”
The Portuguese went on to suggest that several of his players are suffering the consequences of criticism leveled at his club in the media for allegedly diving. “I think it is clearly the result of something that looks like a campaign,” Mourinho said, before going on to list several instances during the season where he thought referees were making bad calls about diving. “It’s not against me because I am not on the pitch, but against Chelsea,” he added.